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Either way, once rejected by the primary residents do their part in sorting percent contamination. They leave the storting centre. And the percentage could be higher if markets, less money will be paid for the and preparing also pay per loadwith if they “Markets change and we residents aretheir morerecyclables. diligent in sorting andlessmaterial contamination. “Waterloo region is doing find any contamination. have a lot of good recyclers preparing their recyclable materials each week. remarkably well with its Loads with over 3 percent here in Ontario,” Barsoum said. 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Local Purchasers Barsoum said there are also misconceptions about where recycled materials go after they leave the sorting centre. “Markets change and we have a lot of good recyclers here in Ontario,” Barsoum said. The region does not send its
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recyclable items into their blue box, with the hope they can be recycled. This can cause contamination in loads at the sorting centre. She said that it is important to follow the rules when packing your blue box. Containers should be rinsed out. Plastic bags should be fully emptied (no garbage or receipts inside), stuffed in one bag and tied. Plastic wraps and bags can get tangled in the machinery at the sorting centre if they are loose. No plas-
tic wraps should be included that have been in contact with meat, fish or cheese. Empty containers should go in one blue box and cardboard and bags in another. Barsoum said it is important to be a good recycler, but it is even more important to reduce the amount of recyclables and garbage you bring into your home. Purchase items with less packaging, reuse and recycle items when you can, and shop with reusable bags.
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“I NEVER SAW IT AS WORK”
Cameron Heights High School principal retires after 43 years in education BY CARRIE DEBRONE
If there’s one thing educator Ray Teed knows, it’s that good leader’s live in the future. He tried to do that his whole career. The former Cameron Heights and Grand River High School Principal Ray Teed, 72, stepped into retirement at the end of December feeling grateful for his 43 years working in the field of education. “It’s an absolutely wonderful job working in education and an honourable profession. You have to love working with people and solving problems, I feel incredible gratitude for being allowed to do this job for so many years. I never saw it as work,” Teed said in a recent interview. He was eligible to retire about 17 years ago, but giving up the job he cherished was not on his curriculum until now. Graduating from Western University in 1969, Teed began his teaching career after a six-year stint in the Royal Canadian Regiment where he served as an infantry officer. The leadership skills he learned in the military served him well both in the classroom as a teacher and later as a principal. He went back to Western to obtain a teaching degree and then got his first job teaching business in 1976 at Elmira District Secondary School. Teed went on to teach in other local high schools eventually becoming viceprincipal at several schools and then principal in 1994 at Glenview Park Secondary School in Cambridge. Soon after, he become Grand River Collegiate Institute’s principal, a post he held for over 12 years. He followed that post with another 11 years as principal of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute. “Each day I went to work I found complete job satisfaction,” he said, adding that helping students and their families solve problems was one of his favourite things to do. “I love challenging situations and getting to a winwin situation. I spent a lot of time working with frustrated parents on solutions where everyone could walk away and feel like they had a good outcome and I really enjoyed that.” “High schools are microcosms of society,” he said. “When you work there you are exposed to a lot of the problems we see in society in general A great deal has changed in education in the last 40 years and Teed says schools today
Hundreds of people attended a celebration for retiring Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute principal Ray Teed held December 17 at the Victoria Park Pavillion in Kitchener. Teed retired Dec. 31 after a 43-year career in education. Brian Rainville (left), former Waterloo Oxford High School principal who has known Teed since 1966 stands with Teed and his wife, Kathi Smith. Photo by Carrie Debrone
must be ready to adapt ‘on a dime’ to new state-of-the-art technology in order to meet the demands of educating future generations. He says local schools are doing a good job of adapting, but more could be done. “When I started teaching students could graduate and get a good job in the manufacturing sector. There were a lot of unskilled labour jobs in those days but that’s all completely changed. Students now need a really high level of education. Educators have changed our approaches to education. Before we sorted and graded our kids and the system was teacher-centered. Now it’s more student oriented and the curriculum is adapted to suit the student rather than the other way around,” he said. Teed remembers the good times in his career, but there were also some bad times. He remembers the1987 two-week teachers strike that saw local teachers marching a picket line in front of their schools. “That was a real disruption for everyone, students, parents and teachers. I saw that as an opportunity to help my staff. I needed to be with them and to support them,” he said. But, following that strike, new legislation removing principals as members of the teacher’s federation kept him from openly supporting his staff in the two one-day teaching strikes that followed in subsequent years. “It was difficult not to be with them then,” he said. Some of his fondest work memories of his are from
Another unforgettable memory for him was taking part in both Grand River and Cameron Heights High School’s 50th anniversaries. “You get to see the kids 20 or 25 years later and find out what they are doing and see how they have developed in their lives.” “I love the staffing process. Hiring good teachers that you know will be attributes to your school is extremely satisfying,” Friend and fellow educator, Frank Leung, vice-principal at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, said what distinguishes Teed is his “superior people skills.” Teed was nominated by his staff as Outstanding Principal in Ontario in 2014. “He has an outstanding ability to connect to a wide
range of staff and students. He’s a very empathetic leader who believed in creating safe spaces for all and he always had time for people and built strong community relations with many disparate groups.” Leung also said Teed was a mentor to many of his peers. “He had a great sense of humour and was always laughing. Students found him very approachable and he made a point of meeting them,” he said. Teed’s future plans include volunteer work, perhaps with social agencies like the Working Centre in downtown Kitchener. “I plan to enjoy life, do more reading and stay in good health. I love the outdoors, hiking and canoeing. I consider myself truly blessed,” he said.
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Happy New Year
The new year was rung in at Kitchener City hall with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 that featured a dinosaur theme. The New Year’s Levee was held January 5 in the rotunda at Kitchener City Hall.
Local guitarist Juneyt performed to entertain the crowd at the New Year’s Levee on January 5 at Kitchener City Hall.
At the New Year’s Levee, from left: Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Lawrence Bingeman, and Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. Bingemans provided the food that was served at the Levee.
Jesse Harris and his son Jaxon joke around in the Jurassic Park car that was surrounded by dinosaurs at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Kitchener City Hall.
Jade Lilley helped children make New Year’s party hats at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Kitchener City Hall December 31. Photos by Helen Hall
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Adèle Hempel Manager/Curator
Feature Artifact Almost non-existent today, brightly coloured, wooden weathervanes were commonly found on barns and smaller farm buildings in Waterloo Region in the 1920s. This quirky example is attributed to Sidney F. Martin (1918-1999) of Woolwich Township. Made between 1940 and 1960, this weathervane has a mechanism that, when activated by the wind, makes it look as if the man is sawing a log.
This J.J. Kenyon painting is being auctioned in New Hamburg after spending over 20 years in California. Kenyon was a Blair artist and the horse’s owner was from Ayr.
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J.J. KENYON PAINTING COMING ‘HOME’
From Waterloo Region to California and back
By Diane Sewell rare J.J. Kenyon oil painting of a prized Clydesdale is on its way back to Waterloo Region after hanging on a wall in southern California for the past 20 years. Kenyon owned horses, loved horses and loved painting them for other people. He was born in the hamlet of Washington, Ontario, grew up in Kitchener, but in his mid-30s settled in Blair, where he established himself as a photographer and a painter. According to historical records, he followed the ‘Grand Circuit’ horse races where he would photograph winning horses, then paint them and sell the portraits to the horses’ owners. He is also reported to have painted horses at the historic Cruickston Park Farm, a large farm established near Blair in 1858, which became well known for breeding prizewinning horses. Interestingly, Kenyon also travelled to local schools and took class photographs, selling the prints to teachers and parents. Edward Cropley, who says he collects a variety of old things, discovered the painting 20 years ago in a consignment store in northern California. It was being sold as a “print”, but he instinctively knew otherwise. He loved the painting and immediately bought it for an undisclosed sum. “I grew up in the 1970s and the Clydesdale horses in the Budweiser ads made a big impression on me.” Cropley says there were a lot of upscale retirement homes in the area and speculates it may have come into the store via that route. The painting by Kenyon (1862-1937) is titled ‘Custodian at 4 years. Imported by & the property of James Chandler, Ayr, Ontario.’ It’s signed in the lower left corner. It’s a bit of a mystery just exactly when Chandler owned Custodian, but according to the Clydesdale Stud Book of Canada, Volume VI from 1892, a horse named Custodian and fitting his description was imported into Canada from Scotland in 1883 by an Andrew Renwick, also from Ayr. According to the Clydesdale Horse Society of Britain and Ireland’s Stud Book Volume 12, James Chandler owned four other Clydesdales in the late 1800s, suggesting he was a significant player in
the horse circuit. Clydesdales typically weigh between 1,800 and 2,200 pounds – roughly double that of a standard horse. They’re “horses of superior quality,” according to canadianclydesdales.ca, known for their strength and ability to pull heavy loads. They were originally raised in Scotland’s Valley of the Clyde for more than 300 years – hence the name. The first Clydesdale shipped to Canada arrived in 1840. How the J.J. Kenyon painting made its way all the way back to Miller & Miller Auctions in New Hamburg – just 30 kilometers from Ayr, where Custodian and his owner lived – is another story. Cropley, who lives in California and works as a chief engineer with Marriott International, was researching J.J. Kenyon and discovered that owner James Chandler was a member of the Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada – a membership which cost the princely sum of $3 a year to maintain in the late 1800s. He also discovered that Miller & Miller Auctions had sold a Kenyon painting in 2018, so he contacted the auction house about selling his. Ironically, Miller & Miller is also located just 15 kilometers from Kenyon’s birthplace. “I think I probably rescued it from being thrown out,” ventures Cropley. “Art really needs to be appreciated and I’ve enjoyed it on my wall for 20 years. But this is a Canadian artist and now it’s time for this painting to go home and be appreciated back in Canada. That’s always been a dream of mine.” “J.J. Kenyon paintings are fairly rare and he is one of just a few painters who recorded prize-winning horses,” says Michael Rowan, a Green River, Ontario dealer in Canadiana and folk art, who also co-authored with John Fleming the 2012 book Canadian Folk Art to 1950. Rowan says the things that tend to drive value with Kenyon paintings are the interest in the names of the most famous horses, the fact they fit so well in the folk-art category, and the condition of the work itself. “Kenyon really did get around and carried on the very British tradition of doing animal portraits in this country,” says Rowan.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Mel Brown (19392009) became one of the most sought-after session musicians on guitar and keyboard in North America. He moved to Kitchener in 1989, where his appearances built a large loyal following for the blues and live musical performance in this region. The Kitchener Blues Festival would not exist without the influence of Mel Brown. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibits located on the second floor of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.
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Bibliotherapy: A Literary Antidote for 2020’s
n the English departIteacher, ment where I was a we would often
tell students that the antidote to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf was The Diary of Anne Frank. When adolescent brows would crinkle in consternation, we’d explain that the Nazi dictator’s hateful, racist rants could be balanced, and even suppressed, by the reflective, caring thoughts of a young Jewish girl; Anne may have been confined to an attic, but her thoughts had free passage. As we begin 2020, the world is in dire need of antidotes to countless emotional wounds: the animal holocaust from Australian bush fires; the personal and societal losses from an Iranian missile strike; the comedic/tragic spectacle of American democracy circling the drain. We are inundated with “instigate events” that irritate, incite, and inflame. And our spirits need help. The late Joseph Gold, former chair of English at the University of Waterloo, was a champion of bibliotherapy, or BT for short. Bibliotherapy is prescribed reading -- using recommended works of fiction and nonfiction for therapeutic ef-
fect. At BT’s core is the belief that books contain personal connections and clues for transforming the way we live our lives. Are any of us shocked that the Brits are way ahead of us in promoting BT? Their Books on Prescription program is available at every public library, with titles recommended by both health professionals and by people who have faced some of the same anxieties and issues. At https://reading-well.org.uk/books you can find titles suggested by every age range and for a variety of personal issues. In Canada, we’re a bit slow to embrace the notion of bibliotherapy. Personally, I’ve been aided by the great folks at the Forest Heights branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the staff at Wordsworth Books (they are actually promoting a Bibliotherapy workshop this month to cultivate resilience when faced with loneliness). Whatever life throws at us, KPL has the reading resources to explore, reject, and select books that contain personal resonances while simultaneously helping our budget line. And for those special tomes that affect us so deeply that we must possess a copy, Dave and Mandy from Word-
sworth give sterling recommendations. My personal therapy involves anger over the perceived inability of Americans to recognize Donald Trump for what he is; I was in need of an antidote from the daily inundation of shallow American political tribalism; Dave recommended Stephen Markley’s Ohio which has gifted me with insights into the damage and disenchantment residing in America’s Rust Belt. I might still worry about Canadians choosing to cross into the United States, but I now have a deeper understanding of a nation who would rather self-destruct than self-examine. This year, our fractious and fractured southern neighbour will choose a president; avoid having your psyche either swamped by waves of political lies, or grounded on social media’s hateful shoals. Instead, sail for the reflective waters recommended by those professionals who’ll steer you to deeper connections with a selection of very fine books. Jack Nahrgang recently retired from the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is a monthly columnist with the Kitchener Citizen.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Art auction to benefit Australia
ike millions of Canadians, horrified by the loss of habitat and wildlife in Australia, I wanted to help. But how? I found an answer in the work of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. Beginning February 11, two original Maud Lewis paintings will be auctioned on-line by the Cowley Abbott Auction House in Toronto. www.cowleyabbott.ca. Waiving their usual seller’s fee, Cowley Abbott will invite bids on “Walking to Church” and “The Skaters.” They are expected to fetch in the neighbourhood
of $15,000. All proceeds of the sale will be directed to WIRES, the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service in New South Wales, Australia. This organization is on the ground rescuing koalas, kangaroos and other endangered wildlife. I invite other readers of the Kitchener Citizen to imagine ways they too can assist in this massive undertaking. Nancy Silcox New Hamburg
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PARLIAMENTARY REPORT by Raj Saini MP Kitchener Centre
It’s hard to believe that we have entered a new decade! There is now an exciting new year ahead of us that is full of limitless possibility. The new
year is a great opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. What was your most cherished memory of 2019? My most cherished experience over the last year was regaining your trust and being given a second chance to be your voice in Ottawa. Another great memory was spending time with the community, in the company of both new and familiar faces, at the annual Holiday Open House that my Team and I hosted just before the Christmas break. Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us and added life to our office’s festivities. It was one of our biggest turnouts and was an inspiring way to end 2019. Now that January is upon us, our Region will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year with traditional lion dances, festive treats and cultural performances. In 2020, the Lunar
New Year will begin on January 25, and will welcome the Year of the Rat. Rats are seen as a symbol of wealth and generosity and are quick-witted and adapt swiftly to changing environments. The Year of the Rat will be an auspicious year for new ventures, new opportunities, and fresh beginnings. I will be taking part in Lunar New Year festivities around Waterloo Region throughout January and February, so make sure you come by and say hello! Our government has a full agenda for 2020 and a very exciting plan for all Canadians. I look forward to implementing our platform commitments and also working together to strengthen our Region economically and socially. One of the most pressing issues of our time is protecting our shared environment, and our government has taken steps to create a more sus-
first action this mandate was to put forward a plan that would cut taxes for nearly 20 million Canadians by 2023. We are committed to fulfilling our promise to Canadians and to working together with Members of Parliament of all stripes in order to achieve these goals. Lastly, I would love to see you all this year, and what better time than at my Fam-
ily Day Free Skate events? I will be hosting a skate at the Hespeler Arena on February 16th from 12:30PM-2:30PM, another at the Sportsworld Arena on February 17th from 2:30PM-4:30PM, and cohosting a skate with my good friend and colleague Brian May at the Cambridge Centre on February 17th from 10:00AM-12:00PM. I hope to see you there!
o the residents of Kitchener South – Hespeler; I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. As 2020 begins, I am counting my blessings and wishing you more. I feel blessed to be able, once again, to represent you in Ottawa this year. I look forward to continuing to engage with you about the issues that matter to our community. In 2015, our government was elected on a promise to invest in the success of all Canadians, to grow and strengthen the middle class, and to tackle the issue of climate change. I am very proud to say that we have made significant progress towards these goals in the last four years. Together, we have managed to lift 900,000 Canadians out of poverty, including 300,000 children. We have set ambitious climate targets and laid out a feasible path to achieve them. Canadians sent us a strong message in October that more needs to be done. I am pleased to share that our
These measures are just among the highlights of the comprehensive plan that we will be implementing to help make life more affordable for residents. These initiatives will lead to a stronger economy that leaves no one behind, environmental actions that will help heal our planet, investments in people that will drive innovation, and a future that is filled with optimism and great opportunity. I look forward to meeting you in the weeks and months ahead to get your feedback and advice on how we can meet these collective challenges together. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact my office at 519-7412001. We are located at 209 Frederick Street, Suite 202, if you wish to drop by in person. Wishing you all a very successful and prosperous New Year!
Notice of Intention to Pass a Fees & Charges By-Law The Region of Waterloo intends to pass a By-law to Establish Fees and Charges which includes new fees and charges, as well as amendments and/or removal of existing fees and charges. Some of the changes included in the by-law are for transit services, waste management services, legal services, airport services, Sunnyside Home programs and amenities, cultural services and paramedic services. The by-law will be considered at the Special Regional Council Meeting, where the Final 2020 Budget approval will also occur, scheduled for:
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tainable future for all of us. By banning single use plastics by 2021, by incentivizing businesses to create the new technologies of the future, by providing a rebate on zero-emission vehicles, and by helping residents retrofit their homes, I look forward to creating a sustainable environment by reducing our carbon emissions and taking us to net zero emissions by 2050. Affordability is another key issue to Canadians that our government will continue to address. I am happy to see that we will now increase the Basic Personal Amount on your federal tax portion, to $15,000 over the next three years, to help lower taxes and help families save money. I was also glad to see that we will be increasing the OAS for seniors 75 and older and also increasing the CPP survivor’s benefits.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Regional Municipality of Waterloo Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Administration Building 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener A copy of the proposed fees and charges will be available for review in the Council and Administrative Services Office, Region of Waterloo, 2nd Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. If you have questions concerning the amendments, please contact Emily Dykeman at 519-575-4757 ext. 3107 or at EDykeman@ regionofwaterloo.ca . If you wish to speak at the Special Council meeting regarding the proposed 2020 Fees and Charges by-law, please register as a delegation with the Region's Council and Administrative Services Division at 519-575-4400 or at regionalclerk@regionofwaterloo. ca by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020. If you require accessible services to participate, please contact the Council and Administrative Services Division at least five days in advance of the meeting. This notice is in accordance with the “Municipal Act, 2001”, as amended. Kris Fletcher, Director, Council and Administrative Services/ Regional Clerk All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this by-law are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to Council and Administrative Services.
The Kitchener Market is more than a building, it's a community. The market exists to connect people, create experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re coming for the Saturday farmers market, stopping in during the week for breakfast or lunch or taking part in one of our many events and cooking classes, we hope you enjoy your visit and come back again. www.kitchenermarket.ca 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 2V5 General line 519-741-2287 TTY 1-866-969-9994
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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR A BUSY LIFE STYLE This old Cornish dish is traditionally topped with dollops of Cornish cream – which is very thick, fresh cream. A suitable substitute is whipped cream made from the heavy cream that is available in some specialty stores and some supermarkets and is not ultra pasteurized. This is also very good with chili sauce, or chutney or another condiment of your choice.
BACON AND POTATO PIE
HEALTHY EATING SERIES WITH SAGE NATUROPATHIC CLINIC
8 thick slices of bacon 2 medium-sized potatoes 2 tablespoons finely-chopped onion 1/4 cup flour 2 eggs salt freshly-ground black pepper 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat or fresh lard
Join us Wednesday evenings on the upper level, in the Marketplace for cooking classes and demos designed to improve your knowledge and abilities as well as simply provide a great evening out with friends. Each class costs $52 per person and run from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Visit kitchenermarket.ca/cookingclasses
THURSDAY EVENINGS IN FEBRUARY, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. Join us in the Marketplace for an informative four part series that will focus on healthy food selection and preparation. Learn a variety of tips and tricks to getting more benefit and wellness from the food you eat, along with some great ideas for meal preparation. Cost: $35 for each session. Registration is required. Feb. 6: Breakfasts - The Energizing Start of the Day Feb. 13: Entrees - Getting Bang for Your Buck Feb. 20: Nourishing Side Dishes Feb. 27: Baking and Desserts - Simple and Sweet
UNDERGROUND FLAVOUR SERIES
Cost: $55 per session - registration required A tour of the world one bite at a time! Introducing the Underground Flavour Series, a multicultural dining experience at the Kitchener Market, hosted By The Underground Flavour Group. On the final Wednesday of each month, experience hands on cooking, crafted & prepared from our group of 12 diverse top chefs with backgrounds that touch all-around of the globe. Meal includes three courses and one glass of wine. Jan. 29: Nicaragua with Chef Arnold Yescas, featuring Tacos Al Pastor, Bistec Encebollado, Buñuelo De Yucca, and more!
CHINESE NEW YEAR SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 10 A.M. – NOON Discover the traditions and taboos, dishes and drinks that are part of China’s most important holiday, the Chinese New Year! Come and enjoy dancers, cooking and craft fun! No registration required.
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Remove and discard the rind, and finely-chop the bacon. Peel potatoes; finely-shred them and squeeze dry in paper towels or a tea towel. Mix together the bacon, potatoes and onion; stir in the flour. Beat the eggs, season with salt and pepper to taste and beat in the milk. In a shallow pie pan, melt the bacon fat or lard until it is hot. Pour in the pie mixture and bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 40 or 45 minutes (check at 30 – 35 minutes) or until the pie is browned on top and firm to the touch. Slice the pie, and serve immediately while very hot.
This is a splendid, gingery, carrot soup.
CREAM OF CARROT SOUP WITH GINGER (6 servings)
2 tablespoons butter 2 medium-sized onions, peeled and coarsely-chopped about 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced 3 heaping tablespoons peeled and shredded fresh ginger 6 cups chicken stock 1 cup milk 1 1/2 cups light cream salt freshly-ground black pepper Melt the butter in a saucepan and cook the onions over low heat until translucent (about 15 minutes).
Raise heat slightly and stir in the carrots and ginger. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a separate saucepan. Stir the stock into the carrot mixture and simmer gently over medium heat until the carrots are fork-tender. Remove from heat and add the milk. Allow to cool somewhat before placing in a food processor or blender (the food processor produces a soup with a bit of texture). Return to a saucepan and stir in the cream Add salt and pepper to taste. Reheat the soup very gently (do not boil). Serve immediately in heated bowls.
Whatever cooked vegetable you are serving, garlic will make it better!
GARLIC OIL 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons lemon juice salt freshly-ground black pepper Combine ingredients and place in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until garlic is fragrant; toss immediately with hot, cooked vegetables.
If you don’t already have a favourite banana bread recipe, this could become it!
BANANA BREAD 1/2 cup softened butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 4 very ripe bananas 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Cream the butter; beat in the sugar and eggs. Mash the bananas with a fork and stir into the butter and sugar mixture. With a fork, stir together the soda, salt flour and walnuts. Add to the banana mixture and combine well. Spoon the batter into a greased, standard-sized loaf pan (9-inch x 3-inch) and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until the bread tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Cool on a rack. Serve with sweet butter.
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Are you heading south for the winter? Q. We are thinking about traveling down south to purchase a trailer since we are now retired and want to get away in the winters. We want to keep our condo of course but a little concerned about leaving it empty for six months of the year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated to avoid any problems. Thank you. A. You should make a checklist to avoid any problems that could occur. First of all, provide your management and condo board with a forwarding mailing address and phone number where you can be reached. Inquire if there are any specific procedures for leaving an empty unit. You don’t want to come home to broken water pipes do you? What about snow removal from your porch and driveway? Make arrangements for your mail to be forwarded or have it stopped and picked up at the post office upon you return. Don’t let mail build up, as it will create the appearance of an abandoned property. This could invite break ins. Have you provided the corporation with a spare
key? If there is an emergency situation while you are away the corporation will need access. Is your condo insurance policy up to date in case of fire, theft or any other unpredictable incidents? Have you provided a proxy in order to appoint someone to attend any condo meetings on your behalf during your absence? You wouldn’t want rules or bylaws to be passed without your input, would you? It is important for those who are away to remain involved with their condo community so their aware of any changes that could occur that would have a negative or positive effect on their daily living. Finally, is your monthly condo fees paid up to date? Not all condo corporations have an automatic withdrawal system set up with the bank or post dated cheques. You don’t want to receive a notice of a lien because of outstanding condo fees? It sounds silly to think that someone would forget to pay their condo fees before departing but it happens. Some people are so excited to get away that they overlook some very im-
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portant details prior to leaving their condo behind for six months. The above are just a few tips to remember before living the dream of becoming snowbirds. If you take time to consult with your corporation prior to leaving, you should have complete piece of mind during your winter getaway. Good Luck! Marilyn Lincoln is a condo owner, director and author of The Condominium Self Management Guide 2nd ed. Email: marilyncondoguide@hotmail. com with questions.
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Peter is a licensed Sales Representative with Re/Max and has specialized in the Stanley Park area for 32 years.
Sit down and hold on! The real estate market is in for one heck of a ride over the next few months. The inventory of resale homes in Kitchener-Waterloo is at an all-time low. In 34 years, I’ve never seen anything like it. In all of Kitchener-Waterloo with approximately 100,000 households, there are only 200 homes for sale! I’ll say it again, 200 homes for a population of nearly 400,000 people. What this means is that homes will be selling fast and for way over asking price! This
will continue until inventory levels rise substantially. I was involved in a deal just before Christmas where there were 34 offers on a singlefamily home and it ended up selling for almost $90,000 over asking price. If you are thinking of selling and want to take advantage of this market NOW is the time! If you are curious about how much your home value has increased, call me on my cell 519-589-3554.
JANUARY—DECEMBER AREA SALES REPORT STYLE OF HOMES # OF SALES # OF SALES PRICE RANGE FOR 2018 FOR 2019 FOR 2018
PRICE RANGE FOR 2019
Single Detached Home 167 177 3+ bedroom, single garage
Low $318,000 Low $381,000 $477,485-2018 High $712,500 High $800,000 $509,835-2019
Single Detached Home 88 91 4+ bedroom, double garage
Low $425,000 Low $460,000 $708,236-2018 High $1,210,000 High $1,140,625 $705,792-2019
Semi Detached 36 43 Low $295,000 Low $330,000 High $490,000 High $590,000
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Notes from City Hall
Coyotes If you live near a wooded or naturalized area in Ward 1, it’s not terribly uncommon to see wild animals. Coyotes, in particular,
have caused more of a stir over the years. They can be a little startling to see, but coyotes play an important role in controlling the populations of various small animals, from rodents to rabbits, and are generally of little risk to humans. Any diseases/parasites coyotes may carry are unlikely to affect humans, and it’s quite rare for them to contract rabies. In fact, it is believed they help limit the spread of rabies as they prey on many species that are
high-risk carriers (e.g. fox.). Risks come when citizens fail to secure food sources, such as garbage or compost, which can draw them closer to homes. The worst issues arise when people intentionally feed wild coyotes, which, of course, lessens their fear of us. Coyotes are naturally afraid of humans, but should you ever encounter one, it is important to face them and back away slowly while making loud noises and waving your arms to appear larger. This is advice from
the experts, but coyote attacks are ridiculously rare, and fatalities even less so. Let’s just say you should be much more concerned about lightning than coyotes. Having said that, coyotes cannot distinguish between their regular prey and cats or small dogs. It’s important, therefore, to take precautions by keeping dogs (especially small ones) on a short leash and keeping your cats indoors.
I hope 2020 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you. May it be a great start to a new decade! The 2020 budget will be finalized on January 20. There are two main
parts to the budget: Operating – for the day to day services and programs the city provides, and Capital – for one time investments for up to ten years. The proposed tax rate increase is 2.2% or 24 dollars a year for the average household. The focus is on priorities you identified in extensive consultation that formed our current Strategic Plan: Improved Customer Service, People Friendly Transportation, Environmental Leadership, A Caring Community and a Vibrant Economy.
Gas is set to be increased 1% or 7 dollars, while water utilities are proposed to increase by 4.4% or 50 dollars. This funds our Water Infrastructure Program that maintains and preserves our system and continues a steady rate of infrastructure replacement too. This proposed budget also allows for investment in parks, trails and for citizen led neighbourhood projects and events. The potential total impact per average household is $81.00. You can view the proposed budget at kitchener.ca by searching
the key words, “2020 Budget.” I want to provide the services you want at a cost acceptable to you. Call or email me with your thoughts and suggestions. If I can assist you, please contact me or call our Corporate Contact line anytime at 519-741-2345. I update my city and community activities often on social media. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @DaveSchniderKW or friend me on Facebook. My website is daveschnider.com All the BEST in 2020.
As Council commences a new decade, I thought I would use this month’s article to share my thoughts about the next few years for the City of Kitchener. My thoughts are based on my over
fifty years’ experience involved with the City. At this point the City is in an enviable position financially. This is due to a number of reasons. A major factor relates to our ownership of Gas and Hydro Operations. Unlike almost all municipalities in the province, Kitchener resisted selling its natural gas operation. I am proud to say that I was personally very actively involved in this action. As a result of annual dividends from the Natural Gas Business, taxpayers
pay approximately 15% less than they would have had to pay. Because of this fortunate financial position in my opinion both tax and utility rate increases should be well below the annual inflation rate every year. A great deal has been said about the state of the city’s infrastructure. Again, in my opinion there has been some exaggeration of current conditions. Current funding is being provided from a variety of new sources to deal with this issue without the necessity of
the imposition of any new levies. In addition, funding can be made available for new responsibilities such as providing funds to improve our environmental and for assistance in providing more affordable housing units. We are indeed in an enviable position which should be shared with our customers – our taxpayers!!
It’s a new year, and Ward 4 has a new community centre! Thanks to the Doon Pioneer Park Community Association and city staff for your hard work to keep activities going
at other venues during construction. And, thanks to Ward 4 residents for your patience. Programming returned to the centre Jan. 6. Winter hours are Mon. to Thurs. 9am to 9pm, and Fri. and Sat. 9am to 5:30pm. A full complement of programming will begin in the fall. Visit Kitchener. ca, search Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre or visit dppca.ca for details. I continue to hear concerns from residents about traffic – specifically, speed and parking. I was pleased
to get Doon South included in the Speed Reduction Pilot project, and I am looking forward to the staff report later this year. I would also like to hear from you about lower speed limits throughout the city. Affordable and available housing is critical to the health and long-term growth of any city, and I am pleased to be a part of the Affordable Housing Strategy committee for the City of Kitchener. The Housing Needs Assessment provides an understanding of Kitchener’s housing situation and identifies
housing needs and gaps in the existing and projected housing. For a complete review visit Kitchener.ca, search “affordable housing.” Please join me and Mark Hildebrand, Director of Neighbourhood Programs and Services for coffee on Jan. 25 at the Community Centre from 9 to 10:30am. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you this past year and look forward to great things happening in 2020. Please continue to reach out to me with any concerns or ideas you have.
Happy New Year Ward 5! Hope you enjoyed a happy and peaceful holiday season. 2020 Budget The City’s operating budget
reflects the ongoing costs required to deliver valued programs and services for the community. In 2020, the proposed tax rate increase is 2.2%, which is aligned with the rate of inflation. Investments in the capital budget include additional funding of 38M that has been allocated to begin to address the City’s facility infrastructure deficit. Grant funding of 49.9M received from the Federal Government will be used to make important investments in the City’s stormwater infrastructure. Funding from development charges will help
fund the expansion of a broad array of services across the city. The 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets will be approved on Final Budget Day, Monday January 20. More details about the proposed 2020 Budget and how your feedback can be incorporated into the budget process can be found at www.kitchener.ca/ budget. Fire Safety Tips Statistically, January is one of three months when most fire deaths occur. Why not make January the month you check that you have
working smoke alarms on every floor and outside of all sleeping areas. Test your alarms to make sure they will alert your family in the case of a fire. Also, make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms and replace any carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old. Another important tip is to make an emergency escape plan with your family and practice it so that family members know how to get out safely in the case of a fire. Wishing you all the best for a safe and prosperous 2020!
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2020! I trust you had a great holiday season. May the new decade and the coming year be filled with health, happiness, new adventures and most of all, wonderful memories with the family and friends that are closest and dearest to you! FCM BIG CITY MAYORS’ CAUCUS In early February, the FCM Big City Mayor’s Caucus will be meeting in Ottawa with the reelected federal government. I look forward to bringing the voice of our local communities to the table as we meet with federal ministers ahead of the 2020 federal budget. It will be an opportunity for mayors from Canada’s largest cities to discuss major issues with the federal government including affordable housing, climate change, infrastructure investment and public transit. In recent years, this group has been able to make significant inroads with the government on behalf of cities and communities of all sizes across Canada, and I am confident that this will continue under the current minority government scenario. Watch for updates on this meeting in the February edition of the Citizen. MEETING WITH MINISTER AHMED HUSSEN Last week, our local Mayors and the regional Chair met with our local MPs and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development – Minister Ahmed Hussen. We had an excellent meeting with Minister Hussen discussing the challenges of housing affordability in our community along the full-spectrum, ranging from high-need, highly supportive housing on one-end of the spectrum, to assistance towards home ownership on the opposite end of the spectrum. We advised the Minister that in particular we are in need of supportive housing to help address the needs of those with the most complex challenges in the area of addictions and mental health, and this was an area where federal and provincial resources were most needed. In addition to housing, we took our meeting time to also discuss issues around child care and the work that local municipalities are doing in terms of localizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ...continued on next page
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From my family to yours, I wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday festivities and spend time with family. Once more, I
thank you, the Ward 6 residents, for giving me the fortunate opportunity to represent you at City Hall. As we move forward into the New Year, important decisions will be made through the 2020 budget on city services and strategic initiatives. Council and city staff have worked hard to develop a budget that balances priorities across infrastructure repair and replacement; environmental stewardship through the city’s Corporate Climate Action Plan; and cycling infrastructure
improvements. Most importantly, it focuses on strategies to tackle the affordable housing crisis. I feel this budget represents a conscious and caring effort to balance the need for affordability for our Kitchener tax payers, while investing in our city’s future to better the quality of life for our citizens. These council articles, facilitated by the Kitchener Citizen, are an excellent format to inform and update the community with. It allows me as your Ward 6 Councillor, the opportunity to highlight some of
the many activities and decisions of your Council. It is with this in mind that I request your feedback on how I can further improve my communication with Ward 6 citizens. Please feel free to email paul. email@example.com or call me at 519-741-2793 with your input. Join me at the Country Hills Community Centre from 7:00-8:00pm on the third Wed. of each month to meet and informally discuss your ideas, concerns and suggestions.
Happy New Year Ward 7! Over the past year, I have introduced a number of motions at Kitchener City Council. I am especially pleased with the work
that has resulted from one motion in particular―the declaration of a climate emergency this past June which council unanimously supported following our approval of a Corporate Climate Action Plan in April. By 2026, our Corporate Climate Action Plan will lead the City of Kitchener to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8 per cent. We have already been steadily reducing our GHG emissions over the past decade, and will continue to do so by focusing on buildings, fleet
and business travel, lighting, waste management and by adapting to the impact of extreme weather events. The city has also endorsed the broader community goal to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Now, the City of Kitchener is working in partnership with Climate Action Waterloo Region (CAWR) to conduct a technical inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions for the whole community. This inventory will be used to develop a Community Climate Action Plan scheduled for late 2020.
The cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo provide equal contributions toward Climate Action Waterloo Region’s annual budget of approximately $100,000. This funding support is secured until July 2021 in order to provide stability for the implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan. I am proud that the City of Kitchener is acknowledging the urgency of climate change and is taking immediate action!
Happy New Year Ward 8 residents! Wishing all of you a healthy and happy 2020! It has been a little over a year now since our election and I have really enjoyed getting to know
you and work together on many initiatives. I look forward to this continued connection in 2020. Westmount Road forms the backbone of our Ward. Many of you may have heard that the Region of Waterloo is planning roadway changes to Westmount Road as part of a series of projects scheduled to happen in 2022 and 2023. In November, the Region of Waterloo held a public input session regarding proposed changes on Westmount Road between Glasgow St and Erb
St. Many residents attended this meeting and sent in feedback by the December 1st deadline. Thank you to the local neighbourhood associations for messaging nearby neighbours to attend this meeting and express their thoughts. From the Engage WR website https://www.engagewr.ca/kwwestmount-road, the Region will be reviewing comments and updating their preferred design concept in winter 2020. In spring 2020 they will report to the Regional Planning
& Works Committee for Approval. A detailed design in summer/fall 2020. As your City Councillor, I wanted to keep you in the loop as to plans on this important section of our Ward. Please connect with the Regional Project Manager, Eric Saunderson at ESaunderson@regionofwaterloo. ca with questions and concerns about this project along with your Kitchener Regional Councillors; Geoff Lorentz, Elizabeth Clarke, Tom Galloway, Michael Harris and Berry Vrbanovic.
Welcome 2020! We all have good, bad, happy and sad stories to share about 2019. This is true as well for the City. Many people take year-end to think about things
they would like to change in their lives in the New Year. I started thinking about what the City’s New Year’s resolutions might look like (of course these are my newyear’s resolutions for the city) and came up with the following list. 1) the city will get people off the streets and into proper housing 2) the city will introduce bylaws to reduce greenhouse gases at the community and corporate level 3) the city will ensure that people of all abilities can move through
the city during all times of the year 4) the city will critically reflect on the speed of development 5) the city will protect heritage, established neighbourhoods and green spaces 6) the city will bring residents to the table to ensure open and transparent discussions While some will say these are already being worked on, I think it is important to be reminded of our responsibilities. It is important always to reflect on the way we do
things, just as we do in our homes, places of employment and with our family members. I would love to hear your list of resolutions for the City of Kitchener. I wish you all the best in the New Year and I look forward to working with you. I can be contacted at Debbie.Chapman@kitchener.ca.
Happy New Year! Council kicks off 2020 this month with our Final Budget decisions on January 20th. I look forward to supporting cycling infrastructure, urban forest
initiatives, climate change mitigation strategies, participatory budgeting and most importantly, forward momentum on our affordable housing strategy. On January 13th, we will be discussing an in depth Housing Needs Assessment Report. The data reveals striking numbers that demonstrate why we need to act quickly to address this issue head on. In a nutshell, affordability of housing is a potential struggle for a large percentage of our residents. 2020 will be a banner year as our
downtown develops before our eyes. We continue to see positive signs that our downtown is increasingly vibrant, with an engaged neighbourhood association, a diverse range of excellent restaurants, well designed buildings, thousands of new residents, and exciting new businesses to name a few. This month, we also welcome 1200 new Conestoga College students to our core with the opening of the International Business program located in the lower level of Market Square.
Parallel with these successes, we are seeing a stark and startling increase in the number of street involved people struggling with the day to day. At the city, we are working closely with our community partners who are tirelessly supporting the most vulnerable among our residents. Please consider supporting these cornerstone organizations including House of Friendship, YW, Ray of Hope, and The Working Centre. They need fundraising support from the wider community more than ever.
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KITCHENER’S 1ST-EVER HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT Last month, the City of Kitchener released it’s first ever Housing Needs Assessment, which takes a complete look at the issue of housing in our community. This study is being done for two main reasons – first to inform us in our work at the city in terms of our new affordable housing task force as well as our joint study with the City of Waterloo on inclusionary zoning and second, to assist us in our advocacy efforts with the regional, provincial and federal governments which have primary responsibility for affordable housing. I encourage you to read the report. It can be found at www.kitchener.ca, and enter keywords: Affordable Housing Strategy. CITY BUILDER AWARD Great cities don’t just happen. They are built with purpose, and with passion by people from all walks of life - formal and informal leaders, young people, older adults, civic visionaries and the neighbour next door. As a city, Kitchener thrives because of the many citybuilders who have demonstrated a commitment to make our city an even greater place tomorrow than it is today. The City of Kitchener Mayor’s City Builder Award was introduced in 2015 to recognize and bring attention to Kitchener citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Examples of this work might include dedicated charitable work, acts of kindness and compassion, inspiring community building activities, and any other act or achievement that has strengthened and benefited our community. Nominations are being accepted until Monday January 20, 2020 at 5pm. The awards will be presented at a Council meeting in 2020. For more information, visit: www. kitchener.ca and enter keywords: CITY BUILDER AWARD. BRING ON THE SUNSHINE Family Day weekend in February will see the return of one of our city’s favourite festivals which celebrates African culture with the broader Canadian community – Bring On The Sunshine. This festival, which takes place during Black History month celebrates the food, songs, dances and traditions of African culture with our broader community. It’s also an opportunity to start thinking about a return to spring and warmer weather in the midst of Family Day weekend each year. The festival will take place on Sunday February 16th from 11am to 5pm at Kitchener City Hall. Hope to see you there!
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Long-term lease extended for St. Louis Adult Learning Centre
he Waterloo Catholic DisT trict School Board plans to maintain its St. Louis Adult
Learning & Continuing Education Centre campus at 80 Young Street in downtown Kitchener, potentially until 2035. The opportunity to remain downtown came as a result of a new lease agreement with the Catholic religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection (CR) -- which has owned the site for more than 150 years. The school board’s current 25-year lease with CR was set to expire in 2020. St. Louis has operated at the site since 2002 and currently serves 12,500 students. Several hundred adult learners receive their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas through St. Louis annually. It also provides after school, Saturday and summer literacy and numeracy classes to students from grades 7 – 10 as well as accredited certificate, apprenticeship and licensing ‘school-to-work’ programs (Chef, Hairstyling and Personal Support Worker). Catholic educational institutions (most notably the former St. Jerome’s High School) have existed there since 1866. Board officials said the opportunity to renew the downtown Kitchener lease at this
time will allow St. Louis to continue offering programs and services to those most in need in the community, and align with the CR’s values and mission to “work together for the resurrection of society, bringing His life and love to all: through our personal witness, through the witness of our life in community in which all can experience the hope, joy, and peace of Christ’s resurrection”. The school board and St. Louis look forward to continuing their close relationship with St. Mary’s Parish. Renewal work at the St. Francis (Kitchener) campus of St. Louis was planned in anticipation of relocating certain programs and services after the current lease at 80 Young Street expired. This work will continue. “We are absolutely thrilled with the successful negotiation of a new lease that allows St Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre to remain in its current location at 80 Young St.,” said WCDSB Director of Education Loretta Notten. “Waterloo Catholic is grateful to the Congregation of the Resurrection for their willingness to work with us and for recognizing the great value of the programs offered at St
Louis. With our long history of serving a diverse student population, and given the strong Catholic roots in downtown Kitchener, we are enormously proud and happy that this legacy has been recognized and can now continue for years to come. We are also eagerly anticipating the work that this agreement will allow to flourish between St Louis and the parish of St Mary of the Seven Sorrows, where a community-
focused energy is gaining great momentum. It is a day for celebration for downtown Kitchener, for Waterloo Catholic and for students of all ages and talents”. “The St. Louis site (former St. Jerome’s High School), has been an integral part of our education system in the heart of the City of Kitchener for well over a century. We are thrilled with the announcement by the Waterloo Catholic District
School Board and the Congregation of the Resurrection that this downtown site right across from Kitchener City Hall will continue to serve thousands of students in the years ahead – everyone from new Canadians to those pursuing their lifelong learning goals as adults,” said St. Jerome’s High School graduate and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.
Removing buckthorn at Laurel Creek Nature Centre BY MARY-ANNE CAIN GRCA Environmental Education Specialist
he Laurel Creek NaT ture Centre l in Waterloo contains valuable ecological
features and educational resources. Maintaining the biodiversity of the property is important for nature centre programs and the wildlife that live there. Screech and greathorned owls, white-tailed deer, red foxes, raccoons, coyotes, rabbits, red and grey squirrels and many bird species are found on the property. For program participants, observing wildlife is one of the highlights of a visit to Laurel Creek Nature Centre and helps create a connection to the local natural
environment. There are numerous plant species on this property and across the Grand River watershed that are not native to the area. These species have been introduced by humans. Many of these are invasive and outcompete the native plants. Fewer native plants result in decreased biodiversity, which can threaten the health of a whole ecosystem, and have economic and social implications as well. Invasive plants are a concern because they have ‘displacement capacity’. These invasive species form dense colonies or compete aggressively, forcing out native vegetation. Characteristics of invasive species include: high annual
seed production and quick establishment; tolerance of a wide range of growing conditions; ability to spread by underground roots that re-grow quickly when disturbed by pulling, cutting or fire; and a lack of natural predators to keep their population under control in their new environment. Some of the invasive plant species found at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre are European buckthorn (also known as common buckthorn), garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed. European buckthorn was introduced from Europe to North America in the 1880s as a shrub, and was widely plantContinued on page 15...
Titans bring 4th season of pro basketball to K-W the Central Division while Moncton, Island, Halifax and St. John’s are in the Atlantic Division. Akeem Ellis joined the Titans in early January and Head Coach Cavell Johnson is very upbeat about his return. At 6’6” he was last year’s scoring leader averaging 17.6 points and played close to 36 minBY ROD HODDLE
t’s still early but the K-W Titans are off to a slow start in their fourth season of National Basketball League of Canada action. A losing trend though can change quickly. The good news is that a solid nucleus of talent from last season is back. Ed Horton, Damon Lynn, Trammar Sutherland, Nigel Tyghter, and Akeem Ellis have all suited up again for the locals. Sutherland, a shooting guard from Toronto is the only original Titan. Ed Horton came later on in season one. Last year the Titans made the play-offs and scored an upset victory over London, but were bumped out by the St. John’s Edge in the second round. K-W, Windsor, London and Sudbury make up
utes each game. He was also second in rebounding and was a big part of the Titans’ success in last year’s play-off win over London. New to the team this season are forwards Olu Famutimi, Jonathan Harris, Julian Harris and Marvin Phillips. Myles Charvis and Jared Nickens are new guards. “ D e n m a r k ”
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The Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) recently honoured many of its volunteers at its 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards. From left: (Standing) Mark Sichewski (WRMF presenter), Jenn Herzog (Predators Volleyball), Dave Smith (WRMF), Ray Danbrook (Track 3), Amanda Kesselring (WRBA), Duncan Miller (KWSC), Christopher Brown (WMBA), Claude Restoule (KMHA), Jason Herman (KWMBSA), Cathy Lapar (KMBA), Ryan Windley (KW Lacrosse), Adam Cooper (KW Sports Council), Iain Harrison (KW YBA), Penny Swinston (KSA), Steve Marrier (KMGSA), Les McAuslan (Kitchener Rangers), Chris Timm (Laurel Creek Track), David Howey (SSA), and Nancy & Dwayne Kuiper (ROW), (Sitting) Cathy Herzog (Predators Volleyball), Christa MacKinnon (KW Gymnastics), Shelly Herman (KWMBSA), Elissa Cressman (Special Olympics KW), Connie McFatridge (Kitchener Ringette), Karen Adourian (KW Sertoma), and April LeBlanc (Stanley Park Optimist Ball). Absent: Christopher Green (Supreme Athletics).
Look for the next issue of the Kitchener Citizen on February 13 The Kitchener Sports Association KSA presented fee-assistance cheques totalling almost $20,000 to several local sports groups at its November 26 Volunteer Recognition dinner. Recipients are from left: Penny Richard (KW Gymnastics), Janet Dupuis (Waterloo Minor Baseball), Steve Miller (Kitchener Minor Girls Softball), Leah Mychayluk (Pride Stables), Ron Mooibroek (Kitchener Minor Baseball), Lerinda Chapeskie (Co-chair, KSA Fee-assistance Committee), Craig Findlay (Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Adele Couchman (Sports for Special Athletes), Mike Quigley (KW Youth Basketball), Shon Carroll (KW Minor Boys Softball) and John Menezes (Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy)
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Community Church Listing St James’-Rosemount United 171 Sherwood Ave., Kitchener (519) 742-1002 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Lunch served following service on the third Sunday of every month. Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Wed. Night Bible study Kitchener Gospel Temple-Pentecostal 9 Conway Dr. (at River Rd), Kitchener (519) 894-5999 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Mid-week activities for all ages. www.kitchenergospel.com Kitchener East Presbyterian 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener (519) 748-9786 Reverend: Mark S. Richardson Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School provided Sonshine Corner, Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran 322 East Avenue (at Stirling), Kitchener (519) 742-5812 www.holycrosskitchener.org Sunday Service: (Sept. - June) 8:30 and 11 a.m., (July-Aug.) 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School, Youth & Adult Bible Classes Choirs - Stephen Ministry - Youth Group - Beginnings (0 -3 years) Hope Lutheran 30 Shaftsbury Drive, Kitchener (519) 893-5290 www.hopelc.ca Worship Service Times 10 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning Fellowship Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study 11:15 a.m. Sunday School (JK –Grade 12) Breslau Evangelical Missionary Church 102 Woolwich St., Breslau (519) 648-2712 Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Small Groups All are welcome! Visit us at www.bemc.ca Stanley Park Community Church 9 Dreger Ave., (at Ottawa St.) Kitchener (519) 893-8186 www.stanleyparkchurch.ca Pastor: John Pearce Sunday Service and Kid’s Church: 10 a.m. ALL WELCOME! Nexus Church Meets in The Conrad Center - 36 King St W. Kitchener Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Kids programs (0-12yrs) offered during service. www.nexuschurch.ca All are welcome!
mate change with its exhibit ‘ALARM | Responding to Our Climate Emergency’, featuring three distinct exhibitions. A fourth exhibition titled, ‘SPECTRUM | The Climate Emergency Experience’ will open two weeks later at The Shops of Waterloo Town Square in uptown Waterloo. The partnership is a collaboration between the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA) and THEMUSEUM and is THEMUSEUM’s first ever off-site experience. SPECTRUM | The Climate
Emergency Experience allows visitors to immerse themselves through a series of unique, interactive experiences. It will also echo the original SPECTRUM – also developed by museum staff – while exploring the themes surrounding the state of our climate with a colourful twist. “Climate change is impacting our everyday lives and we all need to learn and do more about it,” said Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Executive Director of the Uptown Waterloo BIA. The three exhibitions opening at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener in January include Agents for Change
| Facing the Anthropocene featuring new media installations by ten national and international woman artists; EXTINCTION a travelling exhibition featuring eight habitats of living frogs and MELTING ICE a photographic display by two local photographers who visited the Arctic and Antarctic bringing back stunning imagery. The four exhibitions will run through Labour Day 2020. Tickets are available by visiting THEMUSEUM.ca. Those attending SPECTRUM in Waterloo will enjoy reduced admission to the three exhibitions in downtown Kitchener.
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit opens Feb. 7 at Waterloo Region Museum
new exhibition, Mandela: A Struggle for Freedom, will open at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on February 7. A rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects is used to explore the earthshaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa – and its relevance to issues of today. Among its many dramatic visual features and original artifacts, the exhibition replicates Mandela’s eight by seven foot prison cell where Man-
dela spent 18 or his 27 years in prison. When entered, the cell becomes a digital theatre whose walls tell a story of repression and resilience. Mandela’s unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights. Born 102 years ago (on July 18, 1918), he was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th century and the face of a movement against racial injustice that rocked the world. Mandela is one of only six people to be made honorary Canadian citi-
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Entertainment. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions help to prepare young talent for future success.” Now in its fifth year, young people in the Drayton Entertainment Youth Musical Theatre Program (YMTP) train with passionate industry professionals in singing, dancing, acting, audition technique, and technical theatre. More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at www.youthmusicaltheatreprogram.com.
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zens. He travelled to Canada a few months after his historic 1990 release from prison to thank its leaders and citizens for their support. Visitors can stand in front of a giant armoured vehicle, make a virtual protest poster on a digital light table, or enter a secret apartment for freedom fighters forced underground. “Nelson Mandela was passionate about education as the path forward to a better world,” said Adèle Hempel, Manager/Curator of Region of Waterloo Museums. “Yet many young people have never heard of apartheid, while others are unfamiliar with the movement behind Mandela that spread to Canada and around the world. This new travelling exhibition shares this important piece of global human rights history, so its lessons can reverberate with a new generation.” This exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa). The Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener. For more information call 519-748-1914 or visit www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca.
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ed for fencerows and windbreaks in agricultural fields. Since then, it has spread aggressively throughout southern Ontario. In addition to out-competing native species of plants, it has been shown to negatively affect some native songbird populations. Birds nesting in this buckthorn are more susceptible to predators, because of the low branch heights and lack of protective thorns (like those found on hawthorns and native rose species). The berries are eaten by many birds: thrushes, waxwings, whitethroated sparrows, European starlings, blue jays and small mammals, but offer low nutrients, and the laxative properties of the seeds ensure they are spread widely and rapidly. Buckthorn can also affect nearby agricultural crops by hosting oat rust, a damaging fungus, as well as the soybean aphid, an insect that damages soybean crops. The GRCA’s steps for reduction of European buckthorn on its properties include: education about invasive species, including buckthorn; creating opportunities for volunteers, school groups, community and corporate groups to help control it by pulling or cutting and bagging stumps; creating opportunities for volunteers to plant native herbaceous plants, coniferous and deciduous trees or shrubs to replace the buckthorn plants in the space where they once were; and monitor and control buckthorn regrowth.
At the nature centre, students are able to inventory populations and learn about native and non-native species through hands-on experiences and exploration. Helping people understand the impact of invasive species on biodiversity is important to watershed health. The more people know about the problem, the easier it will be to stop the introduction or spread of invasive species. Education is also an important first step for community volunteers. After learning how to identify buckthorn, volunteers are taught how to remove it. An extractigator is like a weed puller, only it is designed to pull out the stem and roots of invasive plants. If a buckthorn plant is too big to pull out with an extractigator, the plant is cut down and the stumps are bagged with buckthorn bags to prevent regrowth. Thanks to a grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to assist with buckthorn control, the plant biodiversity of Laurel Creek Nature Centre is improving. Volunteers from community groups such as Waterloo Scouts and Cubs, Waterloo Region Teens, Blue Dot Waterloo Region, Creekside Church volunteers, Cambridge Hawks families and Waterloo Public Library have cleared areas invaded by buckthorn, making them ready for planting native species. Volunteers from community groups such as Waterloo Scouts and Cubs, Waterloo Region Teens, Blue Dot Waterloo Region, Creekside Church volunteers, Cambridge Hawks
families and Waterloo Public Library have cleared areas invaded by buckthorn, making them ready for planting native species. Classes from St. Mary, St. David, Resurrection, Holy Rosary, St. Agnes, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Nicholas schools also extracted buckthorn, and they planted native wildflowers and shrubs as well. Adding native plants to the area has increased diversity and will help control the regrowth of buckthorn. The canopy will shade out invasive species, because there is less
One way to identify buckthorn is to scrape away the bark. The under layer of European Buckthorn is a brilliant orange colour.
sunlight available for them to grow. Support through the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots project, funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, allowed students from St. John, Lourdes, St. David and Resurrection schools, as well as staff from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada to participate in these activities. Staff at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre will continue monitoring for young buckthorn
Oshanna Cromer and Brandon Moser, GRCA co-op students from Resurrection Secondary School and Eastwood Collegiate, are shown removing buckthorn at Laurel Creek Nature Centre. Many volunteers have worked to clear areas invaded by buckthorn, making them ready for planting native species.
plants, and hope that the odd hand pulling may be all that is required to control it in these once heavily infected zones. How you can help • Learn how to identify buckthorn and other invasive plants, and how to remove them from your property. • Report invasive species online at www.invadingspecies.com. • Avoid buying and using invasive plants in gardens and landscaping. • Dispose of invasive plants in the garbage. Do not put them in the compost or discard
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them in natural areas. Discarded flowers may produce seeds. • When hiking in natural areas, prevent the spread of invasive plants by staying on trails and keeping pets on a leash. • Watch for volunteer opportunities. For more information on volunteering with the GRCA, visit www.grandriver. ca/volunteer. • Support the Grand River Conservation Foundation in efforts to enhance biodiversity and create learning opportunities at GRCA Nature Centres. Visit www.grandriver.ca/grcf.
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A New Year reading selection: Reviewed by: Sherry Erb, Volunteer Engagement Manager Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer It is hard to resist this beautiful collection of recipes for every day and casual celebrations written by Jillian Harris and her cousin, dietician Tori Wesszer. Filled with full-colour photography, the recipes are organized by breakfasts, appetizers and snacks, salads and soups, main dishes, veggie and sides, and desserts Primarily a plant-based cookbook, some fish and seafood dishes are included. Each recipe is easy to follow and includes dietary indicators (dairy/gluten/nut-free) so that you can easily accommodate the needs of your family and guests. The Celebration Menus are well planned and will make entertaining for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas a joy.
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo What if you approached every challenge with the mindset that everything is figureoutable? Life coach, Marie Forleo, gives you the tools and courage to do just that. It all starts by identifying limiting beliefs and creating a strategy to make meaningful changes, where possible. Learn new ways to define your dream, deal with fear, and think more creatively in your personal and professional life. Inspiring stories and Insight to Action Challenges invite the reader to apply the ideas to their own life. Everything is Figureoutable is more than a self-help book, it is a mantra and a roadmap to results. Fans of Forleo's award-winning show, and her podcast, will enjoy this book!
Core 4 by Steph Gaudreau Core 4 offers women, regardless of age, experience or fitness level, a 30-day framework to achieve overall health. Based on her experiences as a nutritional consultant and fitness coach, Gaudreau focuses on four pillars of wellness: eat nourishing foods, move with intention, recharge your energy and empower your mind. Many of us focus on only one pillar at a time, but for long-term success it is important to build and balance all four pillars together. You can customize the program to fit your personal goals and gain an objective measure of your overall health. Core 4 is filled with practical information on nutrition, meal planning, strength-training workouts, movement guides, and inspiration that will motivate you to take small, manageable steps to a healthier you.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR PICKLEBALL CARDIAC CLASSIC - St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, The City of Waterloo and The Waterloo Pickleball Club have teamed up to bring together pickleball players and supporters of St. Mary’s in a 3-day tournament that will excite, unite and help St. Mary’s General Hospital continue to provide the exceptional care it is known for. The inaugural Pickleball Cardiac Classic will take place on February 19th – 21st, on the courts of the Waterloo Pickleball Club at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex. Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play! Separate tournament dates are dedicated to beginner, intermediate, and advanced Picklers, and offer the option to play either a half or full day of tournament play. As a token of thanks, each Pickler will receive a Pickleball Cardiac Classic activewear t-shirt. Funds raised will support the purchase of needed equipment for St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre. For more information on St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic, visit www.supportstmarys.ca/pickleball 5 SENSES GALA – Challenge your senses through interactive sensory stations, gourmet dinner, wine and whiskey tasting, entertainment, live and silent auctions on Friday Feb. 28 at the annual 5 Senses Gala held at the Galt Country Club, 750 Coronation Blvd. in Cambridge from 6 – 10pm. The event is a fundraiser for DeafBlind Ontario Services. Purchase your tickets before Jan. 31 and save $10 per person. Earlybird tickets are $85 per person. The event makes for a great date night or a night out with friends. Don’t miss this unique sensory experience. For tickets visit deafblindontario.com KW WOMENS EXPO 2020 – Feb. 1 and 2 at Bingemans Conference Centre, Marshall
hall, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener. The expo features over 200 exhibitors showing products and services for women (and men) of all ages. With two distinctive stages, the expo includes inspiring speakers, demonstrations and a fashion show with real people in real everyday fashions. Sample delicious food and beverages, wine/ spirit/beer samples and lots of shopping. General admission tickets are available until Jan. 31, 2020 and cost $8 per person in advance, $10 at the door. For ticket information visit kwwomensexpo.ca TEDxKITCHENER 2020 – enjoy the latest TEDx lecture series on Sat. Feb. 22 from 1 – 5:30pm at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, 75 University Ave. West, Waterloo. An afternoon of speakers and performers centered around exploring ideas on the future of education. This event is for anyone passionate about the educational space. Speakers include MPP Laura Mae Lindo, Google Engineer Product Manager and girls in STEM champion Komal Singh, student activist Rayne Fisher-Quann, and Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, along with many others. Tickets $45, available a www.ecentbrite.ca BRING ON THE SUNSHINE FESTIVAL – on Sunday, February 16 at Kitchener City Hall. Hosted in partnership with the African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (ACAWRA), the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and the City of Kitchener, the festival celebrates Africa and its culture, community and family during Black History Month with a variety of entertainment, African food, dance, music, arts and crafts. The festival will run from 12 noon to 5pm. En-
trance by donation. Free parking in the City of Kitchener lot at city hall. For more information visit www.bringonthesunshine.ca. LAURIER ART GALLERY EXHIBIT - Book Room, an upcoming exhibition at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery, delves into themes of memory and trauma using journals filled with scraps of fabric, bits of newspaper, text and paintings. The books are opened from floor to ceiling like accordions and arranged in a way that creates intimate spaces within the gallery. The images convey snippets in time, but they also explore the nature of memory itself. The mixed-media installation by Toronto-based artist Rochelle Rubinstein runs until Feb. 15. The opening reception will be held on Jan. 20 from 7 to 9pm. CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR EXHIBIT - at Schneider Haus National Historic Site. The travelling exhibit features award-winning wildlife photographs promoting the beauty, diversity, value, and vulnerability of wildlife by highlighting the most striking and unique photography depicting natural subjects. The exhibit includes the 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest organized by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Judges selected the top photos from close to 3,800 entries. The photos will be on view until April 26, 2020. Schneider Haus is located at 466 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener. For more information visit www. schneiderhaus.com or call 519-742-7752. SKILLS LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS The Country Hills Community Centre has
launched a program called Skills Library. It is a chance for youth and adults to come together and gain an understanding of each other, share the space, learn new skills and build positive relationships on Mondays, ages 11-15 from 6 - 8:30pm. The Centre is looking for adult volunteers to come into the space and share their skills, talents or interests with the youth in our community. If you are interested in volunteering a skill or hidden talent, please contact: Shannon Parsons, 519-741-2200 ext. 5051 or at Shannon.email@example.com WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener has completed renovations. Come and see the fresh, new look! The store is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelry, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566. ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-8936320 ext. 235
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